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Deep wines from the ‘fire stone’ soil of Pierrefeu, Provence

Founded in 1964 by the Ravel family on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, this is a highly regarded estate locally.  Yields are kept low and vines are unirrigated, with the wines particularly long and mineral rich.  The estate released its first Pierrefeu labelled wine in 2013 when the appellation was first granted, with Pierrefeu meaning ‘fire stone’ due to the high flint content in the town’s soils.

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Côtes de Provence Pierrefeu ROSÉ 2016

50% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre.

Broad, chewy and concentrated overall, flinty aromas are pronounced up front, with the nose almost having a volcanic rock quality.  The palate is broad (in the context of often delicate Provence rosé styles), with white flowers, red fruits, some washed rind cheese, and the smoky volcanic theme continues.  Rounds out with a long, chewy mineral finish, calls for smoked fish or deli meats.